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Democracy Now! Thursday, April 8, 2010


Published April 8, 2010


Headlines

* US, Russia Sign Nuclear Reduction Pact
* Opposition Claims Control of Kyrgyzstan Following Deadly Clashes
* US Suspends Flights at Kyrgyz Military Base
* Rescuers Enter West Va. Coal Mine
* SEC Proposes Banks Share Losses on Asset-Backed Securities
* Greenspan Defends Record at Financial Crisis Hearing
* 2 Arrested for Healthcare-Linked Threats to Dem. Lawmakers
* Researchers Forecast Above-Average Hurricane Season
* North Korea Gives 8-Year Sentence to US National
* Israeli Journalist Under House Arrest for Exposing Illegal Assassinations
* Qatari Diplomat Held After In-Flight Smoking Incident


EXCLUSIVE: One Day After 2007 Attack, Witnesses Describe US Killings of Iraqi Civilians

As the US Central Command says it has no plans to reopen an investigation into the July 2007 helicopter attack that killed a dozen people in Baghdad, including two Reuters news staff, we play never-before-seen eyewitness interviews filmed the day after the attack.

Despite Landmark Arms Reduction Treaty with Russia, Iran Threats and Nuclear Posture Review Raise Doubts of Significant US Shift

President Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev have signed a landmark nuclear arms reduction treaty to replace the expired Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty of 1991. While Obama has said the treaty will cut the US and Russia nuclear arsenals by a third, arms-control experts have warned the figure is misleading because the new pact uses different counting rules than previous agreements. We speak to veteran journalist and leading nuclear disarmament advocate Jonathan Schell.

Is the CIA Assassination Order of a US Citizen Legal?

US officials have confirmed a Yemen-based Muslim cleric has become the first US citizen added to a CIA list of targets for capture or killing. Anwar al-Awlaki is a US-born cleric accused of having ties to the failed Christmas Day airline bombing and the shooting at Fort Hood. Many legal experts have questioned the legality of the assassination order under US and international law. We speak with Philip Alston, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary and Arbitrary Executions.

The Dangers and Difficulties of Reporting from Gaza: Two Journalists Recount Their Experiences

We speak with two journalists who have covered Gaza extensively about the dangers and difficulties of reporting from the Occupied Territories: Mohammed Omer, an award-winning Palestinian journalist who was interrogated and beaten by armed Israeli security guards on his way back home to Gaza after receiving the prestigious Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism in London in July of 2008, and Ayman Mohyeldin, the Gaza correspondent for Al Jazeera English, who was one of the only international journalists reporting from inside Gaza during the twenty-two-day Israeli assault last year.


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